via press release:
TLC PULLS BACK THE YELLOW TAPE AND GOES INTO THE INTERROGATION ROOM WITH WOMEN OF HOMICIDE
New series premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 9/8c
There are approximately 15,000 murders per year in the United States, though only 15% of detectives dedicated to solving these crimes are women. TLC goes inside this gritty world, following the lives of three female homicide detectives in the major cities of Cincinnati and Atlanta. These women work relentlessly with their partners to bring closure to victims’ families by pursuing the truth and putting the guilty behind bars. Viewers will join the investigation, witnessing their persistent efforts firsthand – exploring their challenges and sharing in their hard-earned triumphs.
The new eight-episode series WOMEN OF HOMICIDE premieres April 9 at 9PM ET/PT.
The series will follow these three detectives:
Summer Benton has been with the Atlanta Police for 12 years and with Homicide for nearly five years. Inspired to become a police officer by her father, a former white-collar crime detective, Summer works hard to do her family legacy proud. In her short time on the job, she’s solved 28 cases. In her investigations, Summer utilizes her nurturing personality and ability to connect with people of all backgrounds, which has earned her the role of Hostage Negotiator for the City of Atlanta.
In Jenny Luke’s 20 years on the force, and 13 years in the Homicide Unit, she has solved 70 cases for the city of Cincinnati, earning the trust and respect of her unit, peers and the admiration of her two sons. Prior to joining the Homicide Unit, Jenny posed undercover in vice for several years, taking on various roles to gain knowledge from the inside. This firsthand exposure to the grit of Cincinnati has provided her with a sharpened focus in her current role, enabling her to speak to suspects on their level, as she works to help convince the guilty to come clean. Jenny is newly married to a fireman, and works hard to balance her personal and professional life.
Jennifer Mitsch has been a member of the Cincinnati Police Department for the last 16 years, and part of the Homicide Unit for eight years. She’s a wife and a mother of two young children, and fortunately for her, her husband understands the demands of the job, being a police officer himself. Jennifer is known for her calm demeanor and cool analytical approach when working through these cases, attacking problems with methodical patience. Since on the job, she has solved 31 cases. Jennifer is also a ‘Big Sister’ mentor, volunteers training search dogs and is pursuing an advanced degree.
In the first episodes, viewers will dive right in to the action and investigation that’s part of these women’s everyday lives: Detective Jenny Luke works to find out if a homicide that took place on a late-night walk in Cincinnati was the result of a set-up or a random act of violence. Meanwhile, Detective Jennifer Mitsch tries to identify the guilty in a drug deal that left one man dead and one paralyzed from the neck down. Finally, Detective Summer Benton hunts for the person who murdered a business owner in front of his own home.
WOMEN OF HOMICIDE is produced by Screaming Flea Productions for TLC.
TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful consumer brands around series including Cake Boss, and has transformed Fridays into “BrideDay” with a lineup of wedding-themed programming anchored by the Say Yes To The Dress franchise. In 2013, TLC had 32 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more, including seven series that averaged 2 million P2+ viewers or more, the most ever in a year: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, Long Island Medium, The Little Couple, Who Do You Think You Are?, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, and Breaking Amish: LA.